On January 31st 2009 WordPres2.7.1 beta was published on the WP–Testers mailing list. For those interested, you can download it here or if you would like to automatically upgrade from 2.7 to 2.7.1-beta1, change the version in wp-includes/version.php from 2.7 to 2.7.1-foo and then visit Tools->Upgrade as per Ryan Boren.
2.7.1 contains at least 65 completed trouble tickets with another 50 set for the 2.7.1 milestone. It appears that most of these will be moved to the next milestone, which is 2.7.2 or 2.5. You can fix any of the tickets available for this milestone by visiting the 2.7.1 Status Page to let us know.
There’s no need to ask when 2.7.1 is going to be made available to the public. It will be there when it’s done. Let’s make this a game. Guess which DAY you believe 2.7.1 will be made public. My guess is February 9, . Bragging rights are earned if you get the answer right or are closest to the date without having to go ahead.